As an eco-conscious consumer, I have a confession – I haven’t been very “green” when it comes to menstrual products. In my defense, I tried a menstrual cup and had an awful experience. Of course, I know tampons aren’t ideal because they aren’t only wasteful but carry other risks as well. I knew it was time to try a different menstrual cup!
Disclosure: I received this product complimentary to facilitate my Blossom cup review. Regardless, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
*Note: There may be some slightly personal details given the nature of the product.*
The Blossom Cup is a a reusable silicone menstrual cup that is a healthier alternative to tampons or disposable pads. It is inserted similarly to a tampon and collects menstrual blood. It can be worn up to 12 hours at a time and easily emptied and reinserted for the duration of your cycle.
What interested me about the Blossom Cup is they devoted a lot to make it safe, comfortable and functional. It is made with FDA approved medical-grade silicone and dyes that are biocompatible with the body and do not leech any toxins or chemicals.
Although I was a little nervous because of my experience with a menstrual cup in the past, I was hopeful when I received my Blossom Cup. It claimed to be better than the menstrual cup I had tried, and I was ready to put it to the test! The previous cup I tried was thick and rigid and caused me a lot of pain.
I have particularly heavy menses and very painful menstrual cramps. Any type of changes, such as pressure, can make this pain worse, which is one of the factors that made it worse using the previous menstrual cup and even tampons.
When considering the Blossom Cup, I was still hesitant to get the larger size because although I am a mother of three children, I only had c-sections, but the Large size was still recommended. Although I do think I still may have been OK going with the smaller size, I do not have any discomfort with the Blossom Menstrual cup at all.
It can be worn up to 12 hours and, of course, overnight. I have never had any problems with leaks. Because of my heavy menses I did have to empty the cup frequently the first couple days of my cycle, but even then I was impressed that it didn’t actually leak. I had to guess at first when I would need to change it, but that is something I started to learn, and I think it is something everyone will learn about themselves with use.
I found the Blossom Cup to be easy to insert. It seals quickly and easily as well. Likewise, it is easy to remove. The silicone is very flexible. Plus, the stem is short, so it doesn’t feel uncomfortable either. I have been so happy with the Blossom Cup! This is definitely the menstrual cup I was needing!
The Blossom Cup can be purchased on Amazon.
You may be aware that we are a “green” family. We pay close attention to ingredients in our products and work to avoid ingredients that may be questionable. I always love being introduced to new natural products. To say I was excited to review products from Koru Naturals might be an understatement. When I read the ingredients I knew these were products I had to try!
For my Koru Naturals review I received three products: the Skin Clear Cream, Manuka Honey Propolis Soap and Emu Oil and Blue Tansy Oil Cream. I was so excited to try all of them – not only because they are made with natural ingredients but because those ingredients offer great benefits!
Skin Clear Cream
The Skin Clear Cream contains two basic ingredients: Manuka Honey and Manuka Oil. It contains additional ingredients used for skin conditions like Kawakawa and Harakeke and Burdock Root, Thyme which is an anti-inflammatory and natural astringent, and Canadian Aspen Bark as a natural preservative. It has other great ingredients that I love to use in skin care like Sweet Almond Oil and Tea Tree Oil. The ingredients make it ideal for problem skin (particularly acne), but it can be used as a daily day and night cream as well.
I, personally, happen to have problem skin. It’s always been a challenge to find products that work (and keep working) on my blemishes. The ingredients in the Skin Clear Cream definitely looked very promising. I have been using it both morning and night. It contains a plastic lid under the main lid to keep the cream in nicely as well as a little scoop so you don’t have to use your fingers straight in the cream. Not only does this help prevent mess, but it’s great for making sure you don’t compromise the cream itself.
I have found this cream goes on smoothly and rubs in easily. It doesn’t leave any oily residue and absorbs evenly over a few minutes. I can go to bed shortly after and not worry about waking up with anything on my pillow. I have definitely been seeing improvement in my skin overall as well. It’s softer, looks healthier, and I’m seeing continual improvement in my blemishes as well. I have definitely been pleased!
Manuka Honey Propolis Soap
My husband loves a good bar soap. I have always had a problem with bar soap drying out my skin. When I saw the Manuka Honey and Propolis are known for intense moisturizing, I was definitely intrigued to try it! It’s also noted that it has skin protective properties, which is always a bonus.
This soap is a dark yellow on one side and a lighter yellow on the other. It has an octagon shape probably more for the image, but I actually like this shape because I found it was easier to hold. I wasn’t sure if which side of the soap used makes a different, but I tried to use both sides evenly. Overall, I did find that my skin wasn’t dry an itchy after use as I experience with most bars, and the smell is wonderful!
Emu Oil, Blue Tansy Oil, Aloe and MSM Extra Strength Cream
I was more than a little excited to try this cream! As someone with chronic pain, I use a variety of natural ingredients to help ease the pain. It can be overwhelming to keep trying a variety of different essential oils and/or products, though, so to see that this one product had everything I try to use altogether (and more!) I was thrilled! I haven’t yet tried Emu Oil, but I’ve heard so many great things, I was excited to see what it’s all about as well!
This cream has a variety of essential oils including, of course, the Blue Tansy as well as so many other essential oils I find helpful not only for pain but a variety of other benefits as well like German Chamomile, Cinnamon Bark, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and well, I could go on and on! It does note the full ingredients on the full ingredients of the Blue Tansy Oil and I highly recommend checking them out.
What surprised me most, though, is that it also contains MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane). I take a supplement containing MSM on a regular basis for pain management, but I have never seen it in a product to be used topically. I was really excited about this! For me, personally, products applied topically seem to be received better than those I ingest so I was excited to try it!
The Emu Oil and Blue Tansy Oil Cream is noted to be for minor pains on back, neck, hips, knees, shoulders, legs, arms, wrists, hands, elbows. It is recommended to use it twice daily by applying it and working it in to the areas until it is absorbed. I find that it does have a slight scent, but I find it to be a pleasant scent. It is a thicker cream and does take a bit to work in before it is absorbed, which really seems to help to ensure it’s really getting worked in to where it needs to be!
Overall, I have been impressed with Emu Oil and Blue Tansy Oil Cream. It’s definitely a product I use regularly and am just so thrilled I no longer have to mix and match different oils and products when I can simply get them all in one cream!
Koru Naturals Review
Sometimes I find when I am really excited about trying products I can experience disappointment because my expectations were so high. In this case, though, the Koru Naturals products were everything I expected and more. I am so pleased with the products, and I’m not the only one. As I mentioned, my husband loves bar soap, and this has been his favorite by far! He really appreciates the Blue Tansy Oil as well!
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When looking for eco-friendly alternatives, I love when I can find multiple products all in one place. It simplifies the shopping process and offers a reliable resource for transforming (or continuing) our goal of having a healthier home.
Disclosure: I received the products mentioned to facilitate my review. Regardless, all opinions are my own and those of my family. This post contains affiliate links.
Recently, Mommy’s Club got a makeover – and added a wealth of new eco-friendly products! The new name is absolutely perfect because what they offer are eco-friendly products to improve the health of the whole home from supplements to personal care products and eco-friendly cleaners! Introducing the Healthy Home Company!
I was thrilled when I had a chance to review the eco-friendly products back in March and was SO excited for the chance to review a variety of the newer products!
The Healthy Home Company offers so much for families. Not only do they offer a variety of eco-friendly products, but they also offer an opportunity for families to live healthier and build an income promoting more natural, eco-friendly living! Right up my alley! Who couldn’t use improved health and a way to generate additional income!
For my review I received a variety of products. Because I’m excited to share them all, I will start with the cleaning products.
Eco-friendly Cleaning Products
I was so excited to try the cleaners. I worry about cleaners because I have run across many that claim to be eco-friendly or “natural,” and they have some pretty scary ingredients! So first of all, I was impressed with the ingredients. Plus, I love that they have so many uses!
The Clean 10-in-One is an eco-friendly All Purpose cleaner that can replace over 10 products in the home, including the bathroom, laundry room and kitchen. I’ve pretty much used it on everything – to clean the bathroom, kitchen, floors, as a dish soap replacement, and on the mirrors. I love that one product can do so much – and do it well! This is such an ideal product. I can use it for almost anything and it contains ingredients that are safe!
Strong (formerly “Tough Stuff”) can also be used on almost anything, and is perfect for the tougher jobs! Strong is noted to be effective against many types of bacteria, mold and mildew, and together represent a potent formula that replaces more than 10 products in your garage, those used for the home exterior, as well as tough jobs and stain removal inside the home. We recently moved and had some pretty tough messes to clean up, and Strong really gets the job done!
Eco-friendly Personal Care Products
I also received a variety of personal care products: Bug Spray, Deodorant, Men’s Two-in-One, Grow Hair Gel, and Sunscreen 32 SPF. (These are the new/current names of the products) I will highlight each product.
I love this bug spray! It contains essential oils that repel many different bugs, and, of course, it’s natural! No scary chemicals in this bug spray! It smells great and sprays a gentle mist for application. Plus the ingredients can also help soothe bug bites as well, which we also used for that purpose when we forgot to put it on first! It served both purposes well!
Deodorants are products that can contain a slew of scary ingredients, so it is hard to find deodorants that are both natural and effective. Deodorant is for both men and women and contains a blend of essential oils and other natural ingredients with a natural mandarin and earl grey scent. It is very refreshing! Plus, my underarms get easily irritated, and I have had no problems with irritation while using it!
The Men’s Two-in-One is for both hair and body. It has a thin consistency and contains a variety of amazing ingredients. My husband took some time to get used to the consistency, but it definitely grew on him, and he loves it. He always appreciates 2-in-1 products, but it has been almost impossible to find one with safe ingredients. As a 2 time cancer survivor, this is very important to him, so I’m thrilled we were introduced to this!
Grow Hair Gel
The Grow Hair Gel is noted to thicken, stimulate growth and help reduce hair loss. It can be used by both men and women and can improve the health of the hair and hair follicles. I haven’t used this product consistently because although I am losing more hair than I used to, I still have very thick hair. I did notice improvement in the health and shine of my hair, though!
Sunscreen 32 SPF
Sunscreen SPF 32 is made with purified zinc oxide with the highest rated purity level by the United States Pharmacopeia-1. It protects against both UVA and UVB, which is definitely important. It contains 8 organic ingredients. It rubs on smoothly, has safe ingredients, and keeps us protected – it’s the ideal sunscreen!
I am so glad to be a Healthy Home Company Member, and I am glad I had a chance to experience more of their great products. I am so excited to continue sharing my passion of eco-friendly living and equipping others with knowledge and products that all-natural, toxic-free, BPA free, vegan, Non-GMO, Cruelty Free, and made in the USA. If you’re ready to join the Healthy Home Company community or learn more, visit Healthy Home Company today.
You know I am always on the lookout for natural products. When it comes to natural products, I look for products that are natural for both inside and out. What I find really exciting is when I run into a company that has a great variety of products and really makes an effort to provide products that are GMO-Free.
Disclosure: I received a variety of products to facilitate my Anna Naturals Review. Regardless, all opinions are my own.
That is why I am so impressed by Anna Naturals. I had a chance to review their herbal teas in my May Eco Emi Box on Deals of Sweetness, and I was impressed! When I was presented with the opportunity to review more of their products, I jumped at the opportunity!
Anna Naturals offers a variety all natural products for women that are truly enjoyable without all the scary chemicals. They offer products specifically for women’s needs including menstruation, pregnancy, breastfeeding, postpartum, and just the everyday products for things like energy and pampering – both things we need and enjoy! There are natural herbal teas, bath and beauty products, aromatherapy, and more!
I am in awe of all the products available – particularly for pregnancy, breastfeeding, and postpartum. I only wish I had products like these during my pregnancies and from breastfeeding through weaning. Unfortunately, we are unable to have anymore children, but looking over the ingredients in these products, I am impressed and can see how they would be extremely beneficial. The nipple cream is even food grade!
For my review I received two of their herbal teas, Goat’s Milk Soap, and Glowing Mama Face & Body Scrub.
I am in love with the Herbal Tea from Anna Naturals. I fell in love instantly when I tried them in my Eco Emi box, so I was thrilled for the chance to use them regularly. The Energy Tea is amazing. I have Fibromyalgia with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, so energy is something that doesn’t come easily to me. I appreciate that with this tea I can feel energized naturally. Not only does it contain natural ingredients for a natural energy and stamina boost, but it also contains essential antioxidants!
The Cycle-Ease Tea contains cramp bark, which is a natural muscle relaxant that primarily targets the uterus. Although I didn’t receive this during my cycle, I tried it previously during my cycle and was amazed. I have extremely painful cycles and try a plethora of natural remedies for relief, and it, by far, provided the most relief. I am so glad I will get to use it for my full cycle now! It’s fantastic!
Both of the herbal teas have a nice taste, and if you have a sweet tooth like me, you can add honey for sweetening. It really enhances the flavor.
All Natural Goat’s Milk Soap
I kind of have a “thing” for goat’s milk soap. It’s amazing. It leaves the skin feeling so soft. Anna Naturals really outdid it, though, with their Goat’s Milk Soap. Not only is it all natural, but it is lightly scented with certified essential oils for this nice, light citrus scent. It is divine! It leaves our hands feeling soft and smooth – and clean! We are loving this soap! It’s creamy, cleans well, smells good, and leaves our hands feeling baby soft. What’s not to love?
Glowing Mama Face & Body Scrub
The Glowing Mama Face & Body Scrub is a walnut scrub. It is thick and creamy with exfoliating beads. It smooths on nicely, and I scrub it in well to really exfoliate my skin. I have problem skin and exfoliating is really important. It’s always nice to find a product that is natural that has exfoliating properties. To be able to use it on my face is a huge advantage. My face has been feeling so soft! It doesn’t feel greasy or too rough, it’s a nice blend. It almost has the consistency of a lotion! This is, by far, one of the best scrubs I have ever used.
Overall, I am definitely impressed by the Anna Naturals products. It’s not common that I receive a variety of products and really love every one. I love that they put so much effort into offer products that are all natural, GMO-free and perfect for women and our needs. I would definitely recommend their products!